Information For Educators
UNO and Omaha metro P-12 educators and faculty members, through developing partnership with local non-profit agencies, small businesses, government entities, and social entrepreneurs, collaboratively create projects and service activities that both provide relevancy to the curriculum and also positively impact community needs.
The UNO Service Learning Academy (SLA) supports you in your engagement with the community. We provide various resources for the development and implementation of quality service learning.
Whether you are thinking of connecting your course with a local community partner, or partnering with a P-12 class in the P-16 Initiative, the SLA is here to support your innovative teaching efforts.
Service Learning 101
Service Learning 101 is a two-hour workshop typically offered 2-3 times per semester that introduce the concepts and quality standards of service learning. This workshop provides UNO faculty the opportunity to identify and discuss (in a small group setting) the integration of service learning into course curricula.
The workshop can also be delivered to groups such as academic departments and other groups of faculty, upon request. Please contact Kirsten Case for more information.
Advancing the Practice
Advancing the Practice is a one-hour workshop focused on topics relating to the Quality Standards of Service Learning. This workshop, offered once per fall and spring semester, concentrates on a selected topic and promotes the sharing of best practices and experience while opening up discussion of recommended strategies. Contact the Service Learning Academy for more information.
Individual meetings can be arranged to meet individual faculty needs for service learning ideas, strategies, resources, project planning or syllabus development. Consultations can also be customized to meet the needs of UNO faculty, departments, or community agencies. Contact Kirsten Case to schedule.
The SLA Faculty Fellows program has been designed to empower experienced and committed service learning faculty to cultivate and support interest in service learning in their fellow faculty members – a means by which to “increase the number of undergraduate and graduate courses with service learning components.” The program also supports the “scholarship of engagement” through its faculty development and conference presentation components. Two (2) faculty fellows will be selected for the 2015-2016 academic year.
P-12 educators parcticipating in P-16 Initiative projects are supported through seminars, workshops and one-on-one consultations on campus.
Service Learning Seminars
Seminars are annual, week-long engagements that take place during the summer. This interactive seminar provides a foundation for understanding quality service learning through the eight K-12 Standards for Quality Service Learning, as participants meet partners and form projects by working through a project planning rubric. The commitment is four and a half days and includes compensation for attendees as well as the resources of project budget and time used by graduate assistants for project coordination. Contact Julie Dierberger for more information. Online registration can be completed here.
Individual meetings can be arranged to meet individual faculty needs for service learning ideas, strategies, resources, project planning or syllabus development. Consultations can also be customized to meet the needs of P-12 faculty, departments, schools, school districts, or community agencies. Contact Julie Dierberger to schedule.
The Service Learning Academy develops and maintains relationships with the Greater Omaha nonprofit community, as well as government entities and others who serve the good of the community. This liaison function stays abreast of community trends, collaborations, resources and needs while serving as a bridge between scholarship and community. Contact the Service Learning Academy for more information, or visit the Community Partners page.
Connecting with Partners
If you are a UNO faculty member, student, or P-16 educator interested in connecting with community partners, please contact Kirsten Case, Service Learning Academy Community Liaison at 402.554.4043 or email@example.com. UNO faculty interested in getting involved, please call 402.554.6019.
Please contact the UNO Service Learning Academy before contacting community partners directly. The Service Learning Academy is excited to work with you to explore and develop partnerships with the appropriate contact person for each organization.
The Service Learning Academy will provide individual introduction for UNO faculty, P-16 partners and nonprofit/government entity partners as a way to facilitate partnerships.
If your partnership or project involves both a university component and K-12 education, you may be eligible for funding and personnel support.
Service learning partnerships that include a P-16 connection (both K-12 and UNO Higher Education partners) are eligible for resources that include but are not limited to: funding for project transportation, supplies and food with the approval of a completed project plan and SLA-approved budget.
Graduate Assistant Support
SLA-approved P-16 projects are assigned a graduate assistant (GA) to assist with project administration and logistics. These GAs coordinate multiple projects for multiple teams.